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February 22, 2023

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Today marks the beginning of the season of Lent, which lasts for forty days.  During Lent, we prepare our hearts for Holy Week, remembering Jesus’ suffering, death, and resurrection.

For those of you who did not grow up Catholic in the U.S. or for those of you just getting to know the Catholic faith, here are a few things to know: 

  • Ashes were distributed (placed on every person’s forehead) at Mass this morning for all teachers and students. Both Catholics and non-Catholics are encouraged to receive ashes as a sign of repentance.  

  • We do not sing Alleluia at Mass during the forty days of Lent.  

  • Catholics practice prayer, almsgiving, and fasting during Lent.  

  • One traditional Lenten prayer is the Stations of the Cross which we will begin praying each Friday, with 8th grade students leading the prayer service.

  • Many people will “sacrifice” or “give up” something during Lent

  • Others will do something different each day of Lent rather than give up something...say more prayers, commit to going to daily Mass, etc. 

Over the next few weeks our teachers will help Lent come to life for our students in the classrooms. 

During Lent, we continue to spend our days learning!  We will soon be finishing the second trimester of electives courses and are looking to begin a new round of electives for our students, during this last trimester of the school year and are currently looking for volunteer teachers for our last trimester of electives.  Volunteers can choose to participate in morning or afternoon sessions and would need to commit to teaching each Thursday for the entirety of the third trimester (10 weeks). If you are interested in learning more about offering your time and talents to our school community in this way, please email Annie Borjas by Friday, March 3, 2022. For more detailed information and dates, please read this letter.

Annie Borjas

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Queridos Padres y Guardianes,

Hoy marca el comienzo de la temporada de Cuaresma, que dura cuarenta días. Durante la Cuaresma, preparamos nuestro corazón para la Semana Santa, recordando el sufrimiento, la muerte y la resurrección de Jesús. Para aquellos de ustedes que no son católicos o para aquellos de ustedes que recién están comenzando a conocer la fe católica, aquí hay un poco de informacion: 

  • Se distribuyeron cenizas (colocadas en la frente de todas las personas) hoy miércoles de ceniza en la misa de esta mañana.

  • Se anima a todos, católicos o no, a recibir cenizas como señal de arrepentimiento. 

  • No cantamos Aleluya en la Misa durante los cuarenta días de Cuaresma. 

  • Los católicos practican la oración, la limosna y el ayuno durante la Cuaresma. 

  • Un tipo de oración tradicional de Cuaresma son las Estaciones de la Cruz, que comenzaremos cada viernes, con estudiantes de octavo grado dirigiendo el servicio de oración. 

  • Mucha gente "sacrificará" o "renunciará" a algo durante la Cuaresma, otros harán algo diferente cada día de Cuaresma en lugar de renunciar a algo ... decir más oraciones, comprometerse a ir a misa diaria, etc. 

Durante las próximas semanas nuestros estudiantes tendrán la oportunidad de aprender como vivir la Cuaresma.

¡Durante la Cuaresma, continuamos pasando nuestros días aprendiendo! Estamos terminando el segundo trimestre de cursos electivos y estamos buscando a personas para comenzar una nueva ronda de electivos, durante este último trimestre del año. Puede elegir participar en las sesiones de la mañana o de la tarde y tendría que comprometerse a enseñar cada jueves durante todo el tercer trimestre (10 semanas). Si está interesado en obtener más información sobre cómo ofrecer su tiempo y talentos a nuestra comunidad escolar de esta manera, envíe un correo electrónico a Annie Borjas antes del viernes 3 de marzo de 2023. Para obtener información y fechas más detalladas, lea esta carta.

¡Que tengan una buena semana!

Annie Borjas

Important Dates/ Fechas Importantes
February 28 - 2:00 p.m. Early Dismissal
February 28 - You Can Lend a Hand Fundraiser Ends
March 1 - 6:00 p.m. NNN Chili Supper
March 3 - 8:00 a.m. School Mass

Our parish and school have been blessed in the past two years by the dedicated ministry of Logan Wishart as our parish director of children’s catechesis and our junior high religion teacher and coordinator of school liturgies... Logan will be moving on from Holy Cross as he pursues a new career path in which he can better utilize the degree and training he received from the University of Notre Dame. We are grateful to Logan for his two years of effective ministry, especially in his revamping of our parish catechesis program to meet the needs of the various age groups.
We are seeking, therefore, a new part-time director of children’s catechesis for the parish… It would be wonderful to find a parishioner who is qualified for this ministry. I invite anyone interested in thisposition (parishioner or other) to contact me at to discuss their interest in the position. Please do so by the end of March. I ask you to keep this job search in your prayer, that the Holy Spirit will guide the right person to this ministry at our parish. Please also remember Logan and his wife Aurelia, a member of our parish pastoral council, in your prayer in this time of transition for Logan as well as for both of them as they await the birth of their first child in early April. APPLY HERE

Walking with Moms is a new ministry at Holy Cross parish. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey to help us think about how to use our resources to help Moms. Walking with Moms Survey
Commemorative School Play T-Shirts are on sale!
Order forms were sent home yesterday, if you did not receive an order form and would like one, please contact the school office for a copy. Sales ends this Friday, February 24th.
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